Wednesday, October 04, 2006

General Intelligent Design (GID)

Dr. Robert A. Herrmann, a retired professor of mathematics, is a proponent of an intelligent design theory he has called General Intelligent Design (GID). Not surprisingly his idea is argued mathematically. This alone probably accounts for the relative obscurity of his beliefs. For those unfamiliar with him and his positions here is a link to an article of his. A paragraph from the article follows:


"Once a natural law is accepted and is used for any scientific theory, then the laboratory results that verify the natural law can also be represented by a logic-system. Indeed, the generalization to all applicable entities also fits a logic-system. The natural law itself when applied to applicable physical entities can be considered a part of the "cause" that yields the correlation between observations. However, the acceptance of a statement as a natural law does not negate the possibility that this natural law can be deductively derived from other hypotheses that might be considered as more fundamental in character. It is an important exercise within physical science to "derive" rationally an expression for observed regularities from a more fundamental hypothesis. Logic-systems are more fundamental than the generated consequence operators since they give the details of how natural laws affect a natural-system's behavior. When a logic-system is fully presented, the intelligence being displayed is the intelligence required to translate the information the system contains into the actual effects the natural laws have upon a specific natural-system's behavior. What this all means for the GID interpretation is that it is rational to assume that the natural laws are intelligently designed in such a manner that corresponding laboratory-obtained (i.e. empirical) data are also intelligently designed since the data satisfy the GID logic-system characteristics."

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